Fall 2015 Classics Courses

The Classics Department offers a wide variety of courses through which learners can explore the Greco-Roman world. Courses are divided into three groupings: Classics in English (CLAS), Classics in Latin (LATN), and Classics in Greek (GREK). To see the course descriptions of current offerings, scroll down. If you are looking for a particular class, try the following links:

Classics in English (CLAS)

CLAS 200 – Proseminar

M 8-9 – Staff

Introductory undergraduate proseminar on the study of the ancient Greco–Roman world. This is an introduction to research tools and methods used in scholarship about the ancient world. It is designed to enable Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies majors to access the principal resources available for the study of language, literature, history, art history, and archaeology and to produce competent research projects in upper level courses and independent projects in all areas of classical studies. It should be taken in conjunction with the student’s second upper level language course or equivalent CLAS, HIST, or ARTH course no later than the junior year since the exercises in this proseminar will be tied to an assignment in those courses. One hour.

CLAS/FLET 201 – Ancient Epics

TR 3:50-5:20 PM – Seetin

Readings in English translation of the epics of Homer, Vergil, and other selected ancient authors. Special attention will be given to oral formulaic composition, the literary epic, the didactic epic, literary conventions and traditions, and the influence of the genre on Western literature. Three hours.

CLAS/ARTH 215 - Roman Art

TR 9:50-11:20 – Seetin

The Roman genius for art, as for many aspects of their civilization, was in the adaptation and originality with which they transformed borrowed ideas. This course begins with the Greek, Etruscan, and Latin origins of Roman Art, then examines the changes and innovations in art through the Roman Empire. Archaeological discoveries throughout the Mediterranean, especially Pompeii and Herculaneum, are highlighted. Illustrated lectures. Three hours.

CLAS/HIST 311 - Greek History

MW 3:50-5:20 PM – Seetin

A chronological survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of Greek history from the Minoan and Mycenaean beginnings to the period of Roman domination.

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Classics in Latin (LATN)

LATN 111 – Elementary Latin

MWF 10:20-11:20 AM – Natoli

The essentials of Latin grammar with emphasis on forms and syntax and the reading of simple Latin prose. Three hours. By the end of Latin 111, learners will be able to:

  1. Define basic Latin vocabulary (appx. 500 words).
  2. Identify the grammatical forms of Latin words.
  3. Identify the syntactical functions of Latin words.
  4. Analyze the syntax of a Latin sentence.
  5. Use different strategies to translate Latin.

Class time will be devoted to discussion of and practice with Latin grammatical and syntactical topics. There will also be regular class discussions of the historical and literary contexts of Latin, with special emphasis paid to topics of learner interest. Learners should expect homework assignments for each class meeting as well as weekly quizzes. Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; homework; quizzes; and a final exam.

LATN 211 – Intermediate Latin

MWF 8-9 – C. Daugherty

Practice in special reading skill required to read and translate continuous passages of Latin prose and an introduction to the reading of Latin prose as literature. Prerequisite: LATN 112 or pre-placement. Three hours.

LATN 215 – Intensive Intermediate Latin — Catullus

TR 2:10-4:20 – Natoli

An accelerated course which completes the collegiate requirement in foreign languages in Latin in one semester. Designed for advanced entering students who have completed four or more years of high school Latin or who have scored well on the achievement, advanced placement, or departmental screening tests. Brief review of grammar, syntax, and morphology along with concentrated reading skill development through readings in Latin prose and poetry. Admittance through placement testing only. Four hours.

LATN 346 – Advanced Latin: Epistles

MW 2:10-3:40 – Natoli

Selections from Cicero’s and Pliny’s letters. Prerequisite: LATN 212, 215, or placement. Offered every four years. Three hours. 

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Classics in Greek (GREK)

GREK 111 – Elementary Greek

MWF 9:10-10:10 – G. Daugherty

A linguistically-oriented approach to the study of the Greek language with emphasis on grammatical structure and the acquisition of an elementary reading facility. Offered every year. Three hours.

GREK 215 – Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek

MWF 11-12:30 – G. Daugherty

An accelerated course which completes the collegiate requirement in foreign languages in ancient Greek, and prepares students to take advanced courses in Classical and Koine Greek. Brief review of grammar, syntax, and morphology, along with concentrated reading skill development and intensive vocabulary study through readings in Classical and New Testament Greek. Prerequisite: GREK 112 or a placement by department. Offered every fall. Four hours.

GREK 345 – Greek Philosophical Prose

TR 8:10-9:40 AM – G. Daugherty

Selections from Plato, Aristotle, and their successors. Prerequisite: GREK 212 or 215. Offered every other year. Three hours.

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